Nick Cannon confirms there is 'trouble in paradise'

Nick Cannon, 33, has confirmed that he and wife Mariah Carey, 44, are indeed living apart.

All is not so good in the hood. And it came from the horse's mouth.

Rumours have been swirling that Mariah Carey, 44, and her husband Nick Cannon, 33, are splitting up after six years of marriage. 

"There is trouble in paradise," Cannon revealed to The Insider With Yahoo on Thursday (Aug 21). 

"We have been living in separate houses for a few months," he added.

The couple have two children together, three-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.

Cannon said his "main focus is (his) kids."

The publication tried to get a statement from Carey but her publicist would only say that the pop star is "focusing on her children and her upcoming tour".

The couple is said to have separated in May.

Source: The Insider With Yahoo

Firefighter saves injured koala with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

A video of the rescue of an injured koala in Langwarrin, a suburb outside of Melbourne, which involved a firefighter giving the injured animal mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

An injured koala that was not breathing was resuscitated with a kiss of a life from a firefighter on Thursday (Aug 21) night. 

The koala had gotten stuck in a tree, climbing it after it had been hit by a car in Langwarrin, a suburb outside Melbourne, according to reports. 

When officers from the local fire authority set up a ladder for the rescue, the koala became unconscious and fell out of the tree into a blanket set up on the ground, reported The West Australian. 

An officer, who had been trying to resuscitate the furry animal by rubbing its chest, then performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. 

"Come on, one more breath," the officer is heard saying on a video of the incident. 

Koala in good shape

The crew initially thought the koala was dead. 

"It appeared that it was passed away in the tree while members of the crew were rescuing it," Captain Sean Curtin of the Langwarrin County Fire Authority told the AAP (Australian Associated Press), reported Nine News. 

A spokesman for Wildlife Victoria said the koala, who has been dubbed Sir Chompsalot by the crew that saved it, is doing just fine in a wildlife hospital. 

"It's doing okay but it needs to assessed by a vet today. It doesn't have any visible injuries and seems to be in good shape," said the spokesman.

Sources: The West Australian, Nine News


Philippine police arrest 8 in online child 'sextortion' case

Philippine police on Friday arrested eight people suspected of running an online sexual extortion racket involving children and preying on Asians, seizing laptops and other equipment.

The gang extorted money from foreigners by threatening to upload videos of them performing sexual acts, Gilbert Sosa, head of the police anti-cyber crime group, said.

“Today, we smashed a gang led by a woman who used children to lure foreigners to engage in sexual activities and later blackmail them on threats their sex videos will be uploaded on the internet,” Sosa said.

Police also found five minors during the raids in two towns in Bulacan, north of the capital, Manila.

PHOTO: Google Maps

The children said they were paid about 70,000 pesos (S$2,000) for three days’ work, chatting with foreigners and luring them to perform sexual acts. 

Sosa said police had received dozens of complaints from Hong Kong and Singapore, including the IP addresses and other information about the extortion ring.

Earlier this year, a 17-year-old Irish national killed himself after falling prey to the gang’s activities, police said.

Source: Reuters

Blow for Barca as Neymar suffers ankle injury in training


Brazilian superstar Neymar has suffered an ankle sprain in training, Barcelona announced Friday, adding to the club’s injury woes just two days before opening their new La Liga campaign.

Neymar complained of pain in his left ankle at the end of Thursday’s training session and tests confirmed he had suffered a mild sprain, Barcelona reported as they prepared to face Elche at home on Sunday.

“His return to training will depend on the development of the injury,” the club said in a statement.

The Brazilian had looked to be in fine form Monday when he scored two of Barcelona’s goals in their 6-0 destruction of Mexican side Club Leon in a friendly.

Neymar’s new injury comes just four days after he had received the all-clear to play for the first time since suffering a broken vertebra in his back during the World Cup.

Barcelona’s new signings Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Thomas Vermaelen are also both sidelined by injury, while Luis Suarez continues his four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

Source: AFP

After food safety scares, China retailer offers baby milk insurance

A baby stays in a shopping cart as his mother selects baby milk in a supermarket in Haikou, south China's Hainan province.
A baby stays in a shopping cart as his mother selects baby milk in a supermarket in Haikou, south China's Hainan province.

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address concerns about food safety in China.

Suning Commerce Group Ltd, which owns the Redbaby chain of stores, told Reuters it had launched the policy this week, backed by China’s second largest insurer Ping An Insurance Group .

The policy stipulates that if a brand of milk powder is recalled, customers who bought cans from any Redbaby store or its e-commerce website would be paid up to 2,000 yuan ($325) per can, with payments capped at 100,000 yuan. 

Suning said it was giving the insurance away for free for the first 40,000 cans of baby formula sold. After that, customers can buy the insurance online.

Milk powder market 'a mess'

“In recent years, the milk powder market in China has been in a mess,” Suning said in an e-mail.

“We realised that parents pay a great deal of attention to their children’s health and safety, and in particular, the safety of their infants’ foods,” it added.

Insurer Ping An said Suning’s policy is the first of its kind in China.

In 2008, thousands of infants fell sick and six died after an industrial chemical was added to raise the apparent protein content of certain products.

This led to many Chinese families travelling to Hong Kong to purchase baby formula. 

Source: Reuters


Elva Hsiao on ex-BF Kai Ko's arrest: 'We all support you'

Elva Hsiao.

Taiwanese singer Elva Hsiao has expressed support for ex-boyfriend Kai Ko Chen-Tung on her Weibo account.

Ko was arrested last week in an ongoing crackdown on celebrity drug users in China. Jaycee Chan, son of Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, was also arrested. 

Hsiao posted on her Weibo on Friday (Aug 22):&nbsp"Don't you dare give up, okay? One mistake will not dismiss the good things you've done.

"Your friends are waiting for you to come back. We still remember all the good you've done.

"The road ahead may be bumpy, but you will soon see the light that brings peace. God Bless All Souls.

"We will all support you."

Hsiao, 34, was in a relationship with Ko, 23, for two years before they split this past June. 

Source: Chinatopix, Elva Hsiao Weibo

Rio wants to manage England

QPR defender Rio Ferdiand hopes to take the England hotseat one day.
QPR defender Rio Ferdiand hopes to take the England hotseat one day.

Does "England boss Rio Ferdinand" have a good ring to it? Ferdinand himself certainly thinks so.

The classy QPR centre-back has revealed that he would revel in the opportunity to manage the Three Lions some day when his playing career comes to an end.

The 35-year-old ex-Manchester United man called time on his international career last year after earning 81 caps for England, but is keen to take on the national job currently held by Roy Hodgson some day.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ferdinand said: "Everyone has dreams of playing for England and my dream after football is to manage England.

"I don't expect the chance now, but once I get the badges I am there. If I don't get a job in management I will wonder why.

"I will give myself the best opportunity of getting the job by getting all the badges."

Younger coaches

Ferdinand also called for English clubs to follow the lead of other countries and give younger managers a chance.

He said: "(Joachim) Low, (Jurgen) Klinsmann were young geezers when they started out with Germany.

"Look at (Marco) Van Basten, (Jose) Mourinho, (Pep) Guardiola and Luis Enrique - they are not old fellas but they were given a chance. It is different in this country. We are 10 years behind in certain situations.

"We have to do what's best for English football."

Source: Sky Sports, Mail Online

Teacher raises $188,000 for low-income students affected by Ferguson unrest

A teacher raised more than $150,000 to feed the students who have been affected by the protests in Ferguson.
A teacher raised more than US$150,000 ($188,000) to feed the students who have been affected by the protests in Ferguson.

​After two weeks of protests that turned violent, Ferguson, North Carolina, is finally starting to experience calm once again.

But the impact of the tensions, that was fuelled by a white policeman shooting a unarmed black teen, can still be felt.

One teacher in North Carolina is playing a role in picking up the pieces by crowdfunding to pay for schoo​l children's meals.

School, that was supposed to start on Aug 14, has been postponed to Aug 25, due to the protests.. 

The delay severely affects low-income children because these schools, in the Ferguson-Florissant district, allow students to receive free lunches.

So Julianna Mendelsohn planned to raise US$80,000 ($99,000) for the St Louis Area Foodbank so that it could feed students and their families.

She started the fundraising campaign on and has has raised $151,000 (S$188,000) ​

It was reported that 68 per cent of students in the high-poverty school district qualify for the free and reduced-price lunches.

She wrote on the campaign page: 

When I found out school had been canceled for several days as a result of the civil unrest, I immediately became worried for the students in households with food instability. Many children in the US eat their only meals of the day, breakfast and lunch, at school. With school out, kids are undoubtedly going hungry.

She also wrote: "I am amazed to have been a small part of what has been such a wonderful show of generosity and the amazing connective powers of social media."

"This has been a tremendous ride ... I thank every one of you who helped in any way."


Source: Washington Post




Tags: ferguson

GALLERY: Malaysia pauses in solemn homecoming for MH17 dead

Remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang.
Remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang.

Black-clad Malaysians observed a minute of silence and a nationwide day of mourning on Friday as the first remains of the country’s 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster returned home.

People across the country of 28 million went silent at 10:55 am (0255 GMT), about an hour after a Malaysia Airlines jet landed with the remains of 20 people killed when MH17 was blasted from the sky by a suspected surface-to-air missile over Ukraine on July 17.

Malaysia’s King Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Prime Minister Najib Razak and dozens of other top officials were on hand for a sombre reception ceremony at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Flags flew at half-mast nationwide and various entertainment events and other festivities in the Muslim-majority country were cancelled or put on hold out of respect.

Residents of the capital Kuala Lumpur were overwhelmingly black-clad, including many Muslim women in black Islamic headscarves, as state television aired recitations from the Koran and photos of the Malaysian victims.

Dozens of Malaysia Airlines cabin crew and pilots in their work uniforms, some weeping, gathered near the welcoming ceremony holding Malaysian flags and white flowers to remember their lost colleagues.

Photos: AFP, Reuters

“No words can express the sense of loss in seeing the bodies return, my prayers are with the victims and families of # MH17,” Najib said on his Twitter feed. - AFP


Tags: MH17, malaysians and ukraine

Steve-O could face charges for SeaWorld sign prank

Steve-O, star of "Jackass" is in trouble.

Steve-O, one of the stars of the TV show “Jackass,” could face criminal charges after he defaced a San Diego highway sign with a green banner that left it reading: “SeaWorld Sucks,” officials said on Thursday (Aug 21).

In a video that was posted online on Aug 20, Steve-O is seen making several failed attempts over two days to climb the sign with a rope.

He finally uses a ladder and tapes the word "Sucks" over the word ‘Drive." 

Photo: YouTube screen capture/ steveo

(We're not including the video because he flashed a naughty sign towards the end of the video)

Guess what?  The California Department of Transportation agreed with the video’s title: “Breaking the Law”.

“We consider defacing public property at a cost to state taxpayers an unlawful act and a dangerous distraction for motorists,” the department said in a statement.

It said the sign needed replacing at a cost of more than $7,000 because the adhesive used had pulled off its reflective sheeting, and it said it was referring all information about the case to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The prank follows last year’s release of the documentary movie “Blackfish,” which makes a case against keeping Orcas in captivity.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc has called the documentary “inaccurate and misleading.”

The 40-year-old British-born actor, whose real name is Stephen Glover, encouraged supporters to share the two-minute film on social media using the hashtag #SeaworldSucks. 

SeaWorld spokesman David Koontz said the organisation has no comment on the prank, which apparently took place in May.

Last week, amid the criticism, SeaWorld said it will nearly double the size of its San Diego killer whale tank and expand similar enclosures in Florida and Texas.

Source: Reuters, YouTube